Inside look at Kohl Stewart
The Minnesota Twins gifted the Lookouts with their highest ranked prospect of the season on Tuesday, when they called up #7 Twins prospect (Per MLBPipeline) Kohl Stewart to Double A Chattanooga from Class High A Ft. Myers. Let’s take a closer look at Stewart before he makes his debut for the Lookouts today.
RHP Kohl Stewart
DOB: 10/07/1994 Height: 6’3” Weight: 195 Bats: R Throws: R
Acquired: 2013 Draft, 1st Round, 4th overall pick
Before signing with the Twins, Kohl Stewart was a Texas high school athlete with considerable renown, finishing his senior year at St. Pius X in Houston with a 5-1 record and a 0.18 ERA on the mound and 2,535 passing with 28 touchdowns under center on the football field. The two sport star had an offer from Texas A&M to play both sports and compete to be Johnny Manziel’s successor at quarterback for the Aggies before the 2013 MLB draft rolled around. Then the Minnesota Twins selected him fourth overall in the first round and offered a slot bonus of over $4 million to turn his attention the diamond exclusively.
Since then, Stewart has consistently been in the top 10 rankings of Twins farmhands, and has put up numbers on the mound justifying the hype. After the draft, Stewart signed in time to pitch in six games for Twins minor league teams totaling a 1.35 ERA in seven games and four starts for the GCL Twins and rookie league Elizabethton, before missing the end of the season with a shoulder injury. Stewart bounced back to go 3-5 with a 2.59 ERA in 19 starts for the Cedar Rapids Kernels, before winning 7 games with a 3.20 in 2015 with Fort Myers.
Stewart entered this season as the 7th ranked Minnesota prospect by MLB Pipeline and 8th ranked by Baseball America. He pitched to a 2.61 ERA and 3-2 record in 9 starts with Ft. Myers before getting called up to Chattanooga Tuesday.
The righty can run his fastball up to 96 with good movement, has a power slider in the 84-86 range and throws a curve and changeup that both have the potential to be average Major League offerings. Despite the solid stuff across the board, Stewart hasn’t missed a ton of bats in his professional career, striking out 201 batters in 288 innings pitched, but he generates a tremendous amount of groundball contact and should, at the very least, be a dependable MLB starting pitcher.